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Belgium set Monday deadline over EU-Canada trade deal

Walloon Minister President Paul Magnette (left) and European Parliament President Martin Schulz. Credit: PA

Belgium has been given until Monday evening to back an EU trade deal with Canada.

The Canadians have said they are "ready to sign" the historic deal and all 28 EU government back the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.

However, it has been held up because the regional government of the French-speaking region of Wallonia in Belgium has refused to give the go-ahead, saying the deal is bad for Europe's farmers and gives too much power to global corporate interests.

Reuters reported that EU trade officials are offering tweaks to a political declaration appended to the treaty in a bid to get them to sign.

European Council President Donald Tusk is reportedly due to speak to Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel by late on Monday to confirm if the deal is on.



Paul Nuttall enters Ukip leader race as 'unity' candidate

Paul Nuttall said he would be the 'unity' candidate. Credit: PA

Paul Nuttall has joined the race to be the next Ukip leader.

The North West MEP said he would be the "unity" candidate.

Making the announcement on the BBC's Sunday Politics, he said: "I've made the decision that I'll put my name forward to be the next leader of Ukip.

"I have huge support out there across the country, not only among people at the top of the party in Westminster and with the MPs, but also among the grassroots.

"And I want to stand on the platform of being the unity candidate - Ukip needs to come together. I'm not going to be on here and gild the lily. Ukip at the moment is looking over the edge of a political cliff, it'll either step off or it will step back. And I want to be the candidate that will tell us to come back."

Eagle: 'We had an election about personality, not policy'

Angela Eagle denied regretting forcing the Labour leadership contest despite the campaign reinforcing Jeremy Corbyn's position.

Talking to ITV's Peston On Sunday, Eagle said: "Our leadership election was mainly about personalities, when we needed to have a leadership election about policy."

The MP for Wallasey told Robert Peston: "At the moment we are appealing to our core vote but we're not being able to appeal beyond that and you can see that from some of the polling."

Despite her failed bid to challenge Corbyn, Eagle said she stood by the result and didn't regret the move that made the Islington North MP more popular among Labour supporters.

"The party have made a decision and it's one I absolutely except.

"You can't anticipate what's going to happen in the future when you do something in politics."

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